Solange Recently Had A Live Braid Exhibit And The Looks Are Stunning
Solange has been giving us all the feels lately starting with her body of work from A Seat At The Table, and every live performance that she does celebrating her art.
We all know and love the song "Dont Touch My Hair" because it is more than just letting people know that they should not physically put their hands on a black woman's head. It is also Solange setting limits to the degree in which she’ll compromise her beliefs and identity to satisfy other people.
In the spirit of that she has taken things a step further by celebrating black hair as an art form teaming up with popular braid artist Shani Crowe for a live braid exhibit.
Check out the stunning pictures below:
In an interview with Fusion Shani said that “Braiding is a sacred art in a lot of ways because it’s so rich in tradition—a lot of times we don’t really understand how much it means. I’ve always done hair and there were times when [braids] weren’t really as popular and I didn’t do them as much, but [now] all these white girls are coming out wearing cornrows.
Someone asked me, “Do you do boxer braids?” and I was like, “You mean box braids? What the hell are boxer braids?” And she was like, “Those braids that Kim Kardashian wears.” Kim Kardashian just has straight-back braids and they aren’t even done that well, they looked pretty popped, and popped in Chicago is not a good thing.
Because [braids] are coming out in pop culture and being exploited as a trend in the fashion scene, I think it’s important for me to honor them, before there’s a time when people don’t even remember them as a traditional black art.
Plenty of cultures do their own braid styling, but African braiding has its own very long chapter in the history of braiding. I felt charged to make them tangible in a way where I could create an icon that honors my experience with braiding, my love for my clients and a celebration of black feminine beauty coiffeur in my own words, in my own images outside of magazines.”
We could not have said it any better!
Solange introduced us to Shani's work herself when she performed on SNL with that stunning head peice that took over 10 hours to create. We are happy the two are highlighting our culture in such bautiful ways!